Obama renews threats as Syrian talks remain deadlocked

By Mike Head, 12 February 2014

Remarks by the US and French presidents indicate a shift to a more aggressive posture toward the Syrian government.

Australian Labor Party and unions posture over Toyota closure

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014

The previous Labor government presided over the axing of more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 2007 and 2013, including in the car industry.

White House announces another delay in health mandate for employers

By Kate Randall, 12 February 2014

For the second time in less than a year, the Obama administration is granting certain employers additional time to comply with a mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

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US Fed Chair Janet Yellen reassures Wall Street on easy money policy

By Andre Damon, 12 February 2014

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street in her first congressional testimony Tuesday that the Federal Reserve would continue its zero-interest-rate policies into the indefinite future.

New Yorkers condemn food stamp cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 12 February 2014

Nearly two million in the financial capital rely on food stamps to survive.

Scottish government passes final pre-referendum budget

By Stephen Alexander, 12 February 2014

Government spending in Scotland will have fallen by 24 percent in real terms between 2008 and 2015, only marginally behind the figure of 30 percent for England.

Record youth homelessness in UK

By Joe Mount, 12 February 2014

There is minimal provision for homeless youth, who bear the brunt of the dismantling of the welfare state.

Portland school officials intransigent as deadline for teachers strike looms

By Hector Cordon, 12 February 2014

Negotiations between the Portland school district and the teachers’ union broke down with a February 20 deadline looming for possible strike.

Violence in sports: Two more boxers die from head injuries

By Matthew Brennan, 12 February 2014

On February 3, Mexican featherweight boxer Oscar Gonzalez died from brain injuries sustained during a match with Jesus Galicia in Mexico City.

Heroin use at historic highs in Chicago area

By Christopher Davion, 12 February 2014

With heroin use having doubled in the US, the Chicago area has seen a sharp increase in heroin-related deaths, with the number of fatalities doubling in some suburbs.

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Le constructeur automobile français PSA va réduire les emplois à Poissy et délocaliser en Asie

Par Stéphane Hugues, 12 février 2014

PSA intensifie l'exploitation de ses salariés, accélérant les cadences et réduisant les effectifs en Europe tout en préparant un déplacement majeur de sa production vers l'Asie.

Les travailleurs boudent les manifestations symboliques organisées par la CGT contre les coupes du Parti socialiste

Par Pierre Mabut, 12 février 2014

Alors que les syndicats appellent à des manifestations symboliques contre les mesures d'austérité, qu'ils sont en fait en train de négocier avec le PS, ils dénoncent toute opposition de gauche à leurs coupes budgétaires comme aidant le fascisme

Huit questions à Robert Service

Par le Parti l’égalité sociale (PSG- Allemagne), 12 février 2014

Nous publions ici une suite de huit questions adressées à Robert Service qui doit venir le 12 février à l’université Humboldt de Berlin pour y parler de sa biographie discréditée de Trotsky.

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Die Rückkehr des japanischen Militarismus

Von Peter Symonds, 12. Februar 2014

Verbrechen wie das Massaker von Nanking zu leugnen, hat nur einen Grund: die ideologische Vorbereitung neuer Kriege und neuer Gräueltaten.

Die philosophischen und politischen Grundlagen der Geschichtsfälschung
Erfolgreiche Veranstaltung der IYSSE an der Humboldt Universität

Von unseren Korrespondenten, 12. Februar 2014

Knapp hundert Teilnehmer diskutierten am vergangenen Samstag über die Einladung von Robert Service, dem Verfasser einer diskreditierten Trotzki-Biografie, an die Berliner Humboldt Universität.

Ungarns Regierung nutzt Holocaust-Gedenkjahr für Geschichtsrevision

Von Markus Salzmann, 12. Februar 2014

Die ungarische Regierung bemüht sich, das autoritäre Regime von Miklos Horthy zu rehabilitieren, und verdeutlicht so ihre Nähe zur extremen Rechten.

US-Medien und Politiker hetzen gegen Winterspiele in Sotschi

Von Andrea Peters, 12. Februar 2014

Amerikanische Medien haben die Eröffnung der Olympischen Winterspiele in Sotschi mit einer negativen Propagandaoffensive begleitet.

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Perspective

The state assassination of a US citizen foretold

12 February 2014

If the government can order the assassination of US citizens in the name of national security, what can it not do? All the methods of a police state dictatorship become equally possible.

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Socialist Equality Party

Reddit forum blacklists WSWS

By the WSWS Editorial Board, 11 February 2014

In a blatant act of political censorship, the moderators of the r/socialism forum on the popular link aggregating site Reddit have decided to “blacklist” the World Socialist Web Site for a period of one month.

In Defence of Leon Trotsky

The philosophical and political foundations of historical falsification
IYSSE meeting at the Humboldt University in Berlin

By our correspondents, 12 February 2014

Around one hundred participants discussed the invitation extended by Professor Jörg Baberowski to Robert Service, the author of a discredited biography of Leon Trotsky, at a meeting last Saturday at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Nine questions for Robert Service

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Socialist Equality Party of Germany), 11 February 2014

On February 12, British author Robert Service will speak at Berlin’s Humboldt University about his internationally discredited biography of Leon Trotsky. The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit has formulated nine questions for Service.

Socialist Equality Party of Germany publishes open letter to Professor Jörg Baberowski

24 January 2014

We publish here a letter sent by the Socialist Equality Party of Germany to Professor Jörg Baberowski, head of the Department of Eastern European History at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

David North’s In Defense of Leon Trotsky

Through a detailed historical analysis,‭ ‬this book,‭ ‬by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North,‭ ‬exposes the campaign of historical falsification‭ ‬pursued by means of recent Trotsky biographies,‭ ‬including that of Robert Service.

SEP (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting on workers inquiry into water pollution

By Rohantha de Silva, 12 February 2014

Weliweriya residents and students discussed the significance of the Independent Workers Inquiry.

The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Detroit’s Belle Isle taken over by state government

By Thomas Gaist, 12 February 2014

The 30-year lease to the state paves the way for the island’s privatization

Detroit firefighters speak on Workers Inquiry

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2014

Video: Workers Inquiry into the Detroit Bankruptcy

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

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Mehring Books

New pamphlet on Detroit bankruptcy
Exposing the Bankers Conspiracy
For a Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

4 February 2014

This new SEP pamphlet examines the financial swindles behind the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Arts Review

Book review
James Cuno’s Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum

By Nancy Hanover, 12 February 2014

The book polemicizes against the postmodern view that museums are mere institutions of ideological control imposing Western and state supremacy.

The Monuments Men: An establishment film, in almost every way

By Joanne Laurier, 11 February 2014

Commentary

Canada: Religious accommodation request sparks political furor

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 12 February 2014

Representatives of Canada’s political establishment have seized on the dispute to advance their respective rightwing agendas and hypocritically posture as defenders of democratic rights.

Mass unemployment in America

By Andre Damon, 11 February 2014

Obama White House targeting American for drone murder

By Bill Van Auken, 11 February 2014

US Supreme Court justice declares mass internment inevitable

By Tom Carter, 11 February 2014

In latest “human rights” crusade, NY Times’ Kristof promotes allegations against Woody Allen

By David Walsh, 5 February 2014

Auto Workers Struggles

Build rank-and-file committees to defend VW workers
Reject UAW-Volkswagen company union
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

11 February 2014

Following Ford and GM, Toyota Australia announces end of car production

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 February 2014

French automaker PSA plans to slash jobs at Poissy, shift production to Asia

By Stéphane Hugues, 11 February 2014

Workers Struggles

Unite the working class behind University of California workers!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

11 February 2014

Support the London Underground strikers!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

11 February 2014

NSA Spying and the Defense of Edward Snowden

Press leaks claim NSA collects “only” 30 percent of US phone calls

By Eric London, 10 February 2014

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Obituary

Lou Renfrow (1925-2014)

By Shannon Jones, 6 February 2014

Lou Renfrow played an important role in the party’s intervention among auto workers in Dayton, Ohio.

25 years ago: Bush proposes continued Reagan-style spending cuts

During the week of February 10, 1989, press reports gave the details of the cuts in social spending proposed by US President George H.W. Bush in his first budget.

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50 years ago: Johnson proposes US health plan for elderly

In what was called a “special health message to Congress,” US President Lyndon Johnson proposed a system of national health insurance for those over 65.

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75 years ago: Catalonia falls to Franco

On February 10, 1939, the last part of the province of Catalonia fell to the military forces of General Franco.

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100 years ago: Constitutional crisis in Sweden over military build-up

On February 10, 1914, the Swedish government resigned, with more than 100 Liberal members of parliament issuing a joint statement warning that the actions of King Gustav V threatened to put an end to parliamentary rule.

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